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|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Claude Chave|
|• Land1||11.95 km2 (4.61 sq mi)|
|• Population2 Density||140/km2 (360/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||21023 / 21230|
|Elevation||328–412 m (1,076–1,352 ft)
(avg. 375 m or 1,230 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
Arnay-le-Duc was the birthplace of Bonaventure des Périers (c. 1500-1544), author.
The Église Saint-Laurent (Church of St. Lawrence) in Arnay-le-Duc was originally created as a fortified chapel to the château de la Motte-Forte. In 1092 the chapel was donated to the town by the nobleman Gérard d'Arnay and from that time on served as the town's church. The church has particularly attractive stained glass windows.
The church as is known today was created during the 15th (nave) and 16th century (chancel and ten chapels).The loft and steeple where added during the 18th century.
Arnay le Duc is regarded by many as the 'gateway to the wine region," and the town lies only a short drive from the wineries of Beaune and Nuits St. George. The town boasts some wonderful medieval architecture which can easily be missed if you are driving through on the RN16. While never overrun with tourists in the summer there is much to offer the visitor with the attractions of Etang de Fouche with its pleasant lake, beach and swimming pool. There are several excellent restaurants offering typical Bourgogne cuisine in attractive surroundings. Chez Camille, Le Dauphine and Le Terminus are well worth visiting for lunch or dinner. During July and August the Nocturnes Estivales (Thursday evenings) turn the normally quiet streets into a huge party with live music, a variety of pavement cafes as well as local "producteurs" offering their wines, champagne, cheeses and preserved meats from stalls. Arnay le Duc has a unique charm which should not be missed if you are visiting Burgundy.
- Adkins, Lesley & Adkins, Roy A. (1996). Dictionary of Roman Religion. Facts on File, inc. ISBN 0-8160-3005-7.
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